From our homes to yours
At a time of such great uncertainty, when many of us are being kept apart from our friends and loved ones, access to music and nature close to home has never been more important.
That's why we've launched OFE Online, a nature-inspired series of performances by our musicians that you can enjoy from home. And the best thing? It's completely free.
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After the ground-breaking success of our Mahler 2 last year, OFE is thrilled to be performing with the Self-Isolation Choir again, this time for Beethoven's matchless Ninth Symphony, the 'Ode to Joy'.
No two of the many hundreds of singers in this performance were ever in the same room during the rehearsals, recording, and performance of this piece. Nor were the four outstanding soloists from Sansara, and nor were our own musicians. With concert halls the world over still silent and unoccupied, we believe performing this piece now, in this way, with Schiller's timeless message of hope and optimism, has never been more important.
Our nominated charity for this performance is Rewilding Europe, whose visionary conservation work has brought about a remarkable rejuvenation of the continent's landscapes and wildlife. These ecosystems, like Beethoven, are a vital part of our shared European heritage. The charity's story is one of hope and positive change worthy of Beethoven's great Ode.
We are also honoured to have the performance introduced by Christiana Figueres, architect of the Paris 2015 Agreement and Founding Partner of Global Optimism.
The performance will premiere at 7pm on Saturday 10th April, and will be available to watch back for free afterwards.